Catalog-Willson, John

THE SON WE HAD

. . .What would it take
for you to know our grief, our love?
We send you the best in care
packages express, marked
chemo:
Cytoxan
Adriamycin
5-Fluorouracil–5FU for short –Fuck You
Five Times,
Sidney, it hurts that much.
If you could watch your mother’s hair

falling over you, would you lose
your immunity to our sorrow?
. . .
from “The Son We Had”

The struggle to confront breast cancer forms the vortex of this collection. Themes of the cancer poems–illness and death, loss and healing, love and survival–spiral toward other poems, including those that touch on Willson’s discovery of abiding redemption in the outdoors–in a back yard or on a mountain. The whole reveals that the rhythms of growth, work and life become powerfully involved in response to the prospect of dying.

Cover and inside art from woodcuts by Gary Groves.
0-911287-35-3
Handmade / Handsewn $20.00
Signed. 250 copies